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08-17

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Luis Severino
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Doug Thorburn

08-10

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jon Gray
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Doug Thorburn

07-27

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Raising Aces: Let the Good Times Ross
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Doug Thorburn

07-07

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Raising Aces: The Return of Fern
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Doug Thorburn

06-29

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 3
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Doug Thorburn

06-19

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 1
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Doug Thorburn

06-05

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Raising Aces: Archie or Jughead?
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Carlos Rodon
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Sale vs. the Minnesota Twins
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Raisel Iglesias
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Raising Aces: Walker on the Wild Side
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Raising Aces: Mechanical Notes from Opening Week
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Downers
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Doug Thorburn

03-27

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Uppers
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Doug Thorburn

03-20

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Raising Aces: Auditing the Mechanics Report Card
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Doug Thorburn

03-13

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

02-27

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Raising Aces: The Eyes of March
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Doug Thorburn

02-06

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Raising Aces: Trailblazers of Funk
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Doug Thorburn

02-03

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Raising Aces: Grading the Funk
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Doug Thorburn

01-23

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL East
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Doug Thorburn

01-16

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL East
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Doug Thorburn

01-09

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL Central
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Doug Thorburn

12-31

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL Central
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Doug Thorburn

12-19

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West
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Doug Thorburn

12-05

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL West
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Doug Thorburn

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

11-10

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Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014
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Doug Thorburn

10-31

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Raising Aces: Bum Deal
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Doug Thorburn

10-24

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Raising Aces: Ghosts of World Series Past
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Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Raising Aces: Daniel Norris, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

09-30

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
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Doug Thorburn

09-19

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Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
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Doug Thorburn

09-12

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Raising Aces: Angelic Arms
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Doug Thorburn

09-05

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Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level
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Doug Thorburn

08-29

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Raising Aces: Mis-Priced
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Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Raising Aces: Police and Thieves
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Doug Thorburn

08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
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Doug Thorburn

08-08

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Raising Aces: The Road to Recovery
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

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August 17, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Luis Severino

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Doug Thorburn

We have seen both sides of the Force in his first two starts, but which side will prevail?

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August 10, 2015 8:03 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jon Gray

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Doug Thorburn

His prospect stock has seemingly plummeted, but is Gray really worse off now than he was four months ago?

I have been gushing about Gray since he was drafted, and perhaps more impressive than his track record on draft day was the level of improvement within months of the selection. Gray relied mostly on his high-90's fastball and exploding slider while in college, but the Rockies made the refinement of his changeup a focal point in his development. Mandating that he use the pitch in games, the cambio quickly evolved from a theoretically mid-range grade into a pitch that misses bats and fools hitters with deceptive arm speed. Gray was ranked as the 13th overall prospect by the BP crew prior to the season, but his ranking has plummeted since and the right-hander fell off the Mid-season list of Top 50 prospects.

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July 27, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Let the Good Times Ross

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical check in on youngsters Aaron Nola and Joe Ross. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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July 7, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Return of Fern

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Doug Thorburn

Jose Fernandez, Matt Cain, and Matt Moore return from injury.

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June 29, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 3

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Doug Thorburn

A look at the mechanics of the pitchers drafted in the latter stages of the first round.

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June 19, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 2

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Doug Thorburn

A look at the mechanical profiles of some of the arms drafted in the first round this year.

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June 11, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: 2015 Draft Audit, Part 1

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Doug Thorburn

A look at the mechanical profiles of some of the arms drafted in the first round this year.

The top of the 2015 first-year player draft was a bit light on arms, especially when compared to some of the pitching-rich player pools of recent drafts. Despite this adjusted outlook of expectations, the approach to the mechanics report cards will be the same as for last year's draft: grades will be limited to power and stability (rather than the five-subject report card that is often used on Raising Aces), with the usual caveats that my exposure to each pitcher falls under a wide umbrella of sample size—some of these guys I have seen multiple times both live and on video, whereas there are others who I have not witnessed personally.

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June 5, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Archie or Jughead?

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Doug Thorburn

A lack of a quality third pitch to go along with mechanical issues are both holding Archie Bradley back from reaching his potential.

The top prospect in the Diamondbacks system entering this season (and the number-11 overall, on our Top 101), Bradley was expected to start the season at Triple-A Reno. This after a 2014 season that was saturated with inconsistency, but Arizona had other plans after watching the 22-year-old in spring training. Bradley found himself on the Opening Day roster for the D'backs and is now entering his third month of big-league ball, having made eight starts for Arizona with ugly results (and now finds himself on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis).

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard

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Doug Thorburn

One of the top pitching prospects in the game has now made two starts in the bigs. He's been pretty impressive, but how does he grade mechanically?

Prior to the season, Noah Syndergaard placed as the no. 9 overall prospect in the game and ranked third among pitching prospects, trailing only Lucas Giolito and Dylan Bundy on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101. Both Giolito and Bundy are working their ways back from Tommy John surgery (Giolito in particular has a lot of ladder still to climb), but Syndergaard beat them to the bigs in 2015. The Mets needed a pitcher to fill in when Dillon Gee hit the disabled list, and Syndergaard got the call.

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May 14, 2015 6:01 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Carlos Rodon

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Doug Thorburn

The White Sox prized lefty prospect lived up to the hype in his debut, but how did he grade mechanically?

The third pick of the 2014 draft, Caros Rodon needed less than 35 innings of minor-league ball before the White Sox introduced him to the show. The South Siders called up the young southpaw in mid-April and started him off in the bullpen, giving him three stints—two of the multi-inning variety—in games where the White Sox were trailing. But on Saturday, he had the first start of his big-league career, taking the ball in an interleague matchup with the Cincinnati Reds. It was the second game of a day-night doubleheader, as a makeup for the previous day's rainout, but the rookie's starting debut overshadowed the events of game one.

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An analysis of a disastrous start from one of the game's best pitchers.

The stage was set. The scoreboard operator had a pile of zeroes at the ready. Gunslinger Chris Sale was in town, and he had established a reputation for blanking opponents.

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Breaking down the delivery and repertoire for the Reds' $27 million man.

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